Hey, all! As you know, this is the return of my weekly segment on the YA book world. In the past, while I was actively doing this, remember how I included author and reviewer links, as well as new releases for that week?
Well, that was boring me. (And also, some other reviewers started doing the exact same thing >.< )Check out one of the new YA Weekly features, a weekly contest to accompany it. Other new features will be made prominent when I have enough resources ;)
... hope you enjoy! Also, if you're looking for a more frequent update in the book world, go over to YA Fabulous. Now that site rocks this newsreel bit!
From the authors...
A.S. King (The Dust of 100 Dogs) has got her own property here on Reviewer X - scroll down to the end of my sidebar! She's also in the middle of copyedits. Visit her over on MySpace and leave comments begging for more frequent, ACTUAL blog updates.
Alexa Young (Frenemies) talks about double entredes and wordplays, a subject inspired by the first ever Alexa-sighting of a preschool book on cutting. Take from that what you will.
Jennifer Ziegler (How NOT To Be Popular) kindly donated one of her books for this week's giveaway. She's got a cyber-hugs credit statement from Reviewer X. Thanks, Jenny!
Melissa Walker (Violet In Private) wrote what I think may be the best blog post this week. You know the Olympic Opening Ceremony singer switchup fiasco? Well, Melissa wrote her own thoughts on that, which I agree with 100%. Thanks for that, Melissa.
Debbie Reed Fischer (Braless in Wonderland) has been getting positive buzz on her forthcoming novel from Flux, Swimming With The Sharks. In that same post, she also talks about the Olympic Opening Ceremony singer switchup.
Cecilia Galante (The Patron Saint of Butterflies)'s debut, Patron Saint of Butterflies, is one of the NAIBA Book of the Year Award winners! It is also on Oprah's first ever list of best books for kids! [Via email from Cecilia - congrats!]
Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth) is very, very close to having her website go live. She'd love any tips about what she can add in for content - scurry over, avid reader people!
Aprilynne Pike (Wings) blogs about all the exciting stuff you can expect from the Feast of Awesome 2009 Debutantes, a group she's part of. May I just say, that group's hot. Cannot wait to see their books hit shelves. Visit them online at http://feastofawesome.com/ (best. URL. ever.)
Elizabeth Scott (Living Dead Girl)'s book, Perfect You, is in its fourth print run in the three months since its release; Stealing Heaven is in its second. This is a bit delayed, as far as news reporting goes, but yay Elizabeth!
This is from last month but funny anyhow: Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) posted about funny t-shirt slogans. Example? EVERY TIME YOU POST WITH CAPS LOCK ON / ee cummings kills a kitten.
Justine Larbalestier (How To Ditch Your Fairy) talks about the difference between popular books and critically acclaimed books in black, white, and all the shades of gray.
Stephanie Kuehnert (I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone) is quitting her day job . . . !
Jennifer Echols (The Boys Next Door) shares her experiences with both styles of writing - in isolation and with critique partners.
From the reviewers...
(The reviewers included here are for the most part randomly added. If you're not one of the ones regularly added [sorry about that, but there are so many on my blogroll], feel free to email me to have your link added next week.)
Smart Bitches Trashy Books are very awesome not only by virtue, but also because they reviewed a YA book this week! Check out their review of Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott.
Reviewer X reviewed The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (with QnA) and Teach Me by R. A. Nelson.
The Ravenous Reader has got a set of mini reviews going. She also reviewed The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray.
nineseveneight reviewed Truancy by Isamu Fukui, Twice Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris, and Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block.
Presenting Lenore reviewed Rules for Saying Goodbye by Katherine Taylor and Death by Latte by Linda Gerber. She also interviewed a publist.
Page Flipper reviewed White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean.
All Five Stars reviewed Severed Ties by Kevin Krohn.
Book Chic reviewed What Happens Here by Tara Altebrando, Cruel Summer by Alyson Noël, and The Guy Next Door by Carol Culver.
Pop Culture Junkie reviewed Violet in Private by Melissa Walker.
Becky's Book Reviews reviewed Stop in the Name of Pants by Louise Rennison.
Plenty of Paper reviewed The Elite by Jennifer Banash.
bookshelves of doom reviewed How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier.
From the Corner of Megan's Mind (still lusting after your title, Megan) reviewed The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard.
Frenetic Reader reviewed Local Girls by Jenny O'Connell and Rich Boys by Jenny O'Connell.
Kelsey from Just Blinded Book Reviews had her first interview this week! Check out her chat with Such a Pretty Girl and Leftovers author, Laura Wiess.
Becky's Book Reviews reviewed Stop in the Name of Pants by Louise Rennison.
[Best source of contest links in the YA book blogger world is Book Muncher's list.]
Elizabeth Scott is always having awesome contests, but I think she may have outdone herself in this one. The prize is FIVE books of your choice for FIVE winners. Go enter. Ah, here's wishing I were a US-lander.
Bookluver Carol is having a contest where first place winner gets two books of their choice from her selection and second place winner gets one. Among the prizes are Evernight by Claudia Gray, Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs (signed), and Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith.
Win The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas over at Book Chic's blog. [Ends today]
Chelsea (Page Flipper)'s weekly contests are back! This week you can win Westminster Abby by Micol Ostow.
Released this week...
With her heart on the line, Gillian conceals more and more from her friends. So when she's accused of selling exam answer sheets, even her girlfriends, Lissa Mansfield and Carly Aragon, wonder if it can be true. Gillian will need the power of honesty--with herself and with Lucas--to show what she's really made of.
Dumbfounded by Matt Rothschild (I. Want. This. Book!)
I stopped, dumbfounded. My grandmother was at my bedroom door. “What the hell are you doing?” she asked, surprised but not angry. I looked down at my dress. “Playing school.” My grandmother began stroking her chin. Clearly, there were several ways she could take this conversation. “Matthew, what are you wearing?” I could see that she didn’t really want to ask this question but felt she had to. “A dress,” I said. . . . “And where did you get this dress?” she asked. . . . “I found it?” My grandmother sighed. “So you’ve been wandering around the women’s department at JC Penney? Do you expect me to believe you couldn’t find a better dress than that?”
The only Jewish family in a luxury Fifth Avenue building of WASPs, the senior Rothschilds took over the responsibility of raising their grandson, Matt, after his mother left him for Italy and a fourth husband. But rearing Matt was no small task—even for his sharp-tongued grandmother, a cross between Lauren Bacall and Bea Arthur, and a lady who Matt grew to love deeply.
Matt secretly wore his grandmother’s dresses, shoplifted Barbies from FAO Schwarz, invented an imaginary midget butler who he addressed at dinner parties, and got kicked out of nearly every elite school in Manhattan—once for his impersonation of Judy Garland at a recital. He was eventually sent to a boarding school (his grandmother had to ransom off a van Gogh to get him in). But as funny as his hijinks are now, at the time they masked a Jewfroed, chubby, lovable kid, sexually confused and abandoned by his mother, trying to fit in among the precious genteel world he was forced to live in.
Matt Rothschild—the man David Sedaris could have been if he’d grown up in an esteemed family on Manhattan’s Upper East Side—tells the story of his childhood with humor, honesty, and unlikely compassion for his eccentric relatives, including his mother, in this bitingly entertaining and unexpectedly tender memoir of family dysfunction.
Into the Zonk Zone (Time Surfers #4) by Tony Abbott
But at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him. Danny’s brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can’t speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they’ve got him pegged. Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. And that’s why he’s spending the summer with his dad’s family. Only, to find himself, he might just have to face the demons he refuses to see right in front of his face.
It isn't as though Moxy isn’t grateful for her Christmas presents. She is. She’s just not thrilled that she has to write a thank-you note for each one by tomorrow . . . or she will not be allowed to fly to Hollywood to attend a starstudded.
Hollywood bash with the father she hasn’t seen in three years. And writing thank-you notes is not something that a world-class Creative Type relishes doing. But it is more than writing thank-you notes that finally prevents Moxy from taking her trip. When her father cancels at the last minute, Moxy is forced to deal with the reality of a situation she doesn’t want to accept, and can’t change. But, not surprisingly, she rises to the occasion brilliantly.
The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy
Jo Larouch has lived her 13 years in the California desert with her Aunt Lily, ever since she was dropped on Lily’s doorstep with this note: This is Jo. Please take care of her. But beware. This is a dangerous baby. At Lily’s annual Christmas costume party, a variety of strange events take place that lead Jo and Lily out of California forever—and into the mysterious, strange, fantastical world of Eldritch City. There, Jo learns the scandalous truth about who she is, and she and Lily join the Order of Odd-Fish, a collection of knights who research useless information. Glamorous cockroach butlers, pointless quests, obsolete weapons, and bizarre festivals fill their days, but two villains are controlling their fate. Jo is inching closer and closer to the day when her destiny is fulfilled, and no one in Eldritch City will ever be the same.
In this thrilling conclusion to the Runestone Saga, the final choice between everlasting life and the necessity of death will be made at one of the great turning points in history—a battle, quite literally, for all time. And the outcome rests precariously on one final cast of the runes. . . .
How will garage band front man Duncan ever get the attention of his goddess like classmate Carly, who’s so busy trying to save the world that she won’t even look in his direction? An idea hits him, literally: when Duncan accidentally bruises himself, Carly wants to know who punched him, and vows to take care of “poor widdle Dunky.” But as his black eye fades, so does Carly’s devotion. Duncan needs a plan. He needs impending danger. He needs a BULLY. The search is on.
This hilarious novel plays with the certainty that teenage boys will do just about anything to get a girl’s attention.
The usual =)
And now I leave you with...
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